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UPDATE: Rain forces changes to holiday events


CEDAR FALLS (KWWL)---Many Fourth of July events throughout eastern Iowa, set for this week, have been canceled because of the wet weather.  It's a major disappointment to those who've worked so hard in organizing them. 

It's not the news anyone wanted to hear.  Holiday events in Cedar Falls canceled Sunday night, and again Monday.  And in Jesup, the town was hoping to celebrate the Fourth of July and the city's 150th birthday.  But the rain's putting a damper on it all.

Rain soaks a pageant set in Jesup.  The backdrop was made in 1985 for the town's 125th birthday celebration.  And community leaders were hoping to use it again for this year's 150th.

"We wanted to celebrate by putting on a pageant four different nights, Sunday through Wednesday, that tells the history of the town," said Dale Rueber, pageant director.

Hundreds of hours have been spent setting all of this up.  And around a hundred people have worked to rehearse the dancing, singing, and acting that makes up the pageant.  Now organizers are keeping their fingers crossed that the show will go on Tuesday and Wednesday nights as planned.

"People bear with us! And I hope all of our actors and actresses bear with us and not get discouraged, and remember all they're supposed to--get on and off when they're supposed to!  They we'll be fine.  We just have to wait for the weather to change," Rueber said.

And just a few towns over, in Cedar Falls, plans for an Independence Day celebration behind the UNI Dome were washed away.  And for the first time in 10 years, the rain day got washed out, too.  And organizers didn't have another time to make all of the festivities happen.

"We typically have inflatables for the kids, food, games, and then the show at night.  So there's a lot of logistics that go into it.  And to have to make the decision and say we're not going to do it, was not taken lightly for sure," said Tony Rath, co-president of the Cedar Falls Jaycees.

Now all that's left is to hope and pray that rain doesn't ruin next year's celebrations.

Luckily, all is not lost for the Cedar Falls Jaycees.  Since the fireworks hadn't been opened yet, the supplier is taking them back.  That will allow another community to use the display for a future event.

As for Jesup, the community pageant is still planned for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, weather permitting.  But the show has now been moved to the downtown park pavilion and will start at 7 p.m. both nights. And the town's fireworks show has been postponed to Sunday at dusk.

KWWL Reporter: Kera Mashek

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